Switzerland's Gut-Behrami skis to women's super-G gold, Canada's Gagnon falls short of podium

Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon had medal hopes heading into the women's super-G, but finished the day in 14th place in her Olympic return.

Canadian Roni Remme suffers hand injury in training, still musters 24th-place finish

Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami, seen above, picked up her second medal of Beijing 2022 in the women's super-G on Friday. (Alain Grosclaude/Getty Images)

Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami won the women's super-G at the Beijing Olympics on Friday with a time of 1:13.51 to end her run of agonizing near misses in the event.

Coming into the event with medal expectations after two World Cup podium finishes in the discipline, Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon crossed the line in 14th, missing out on the medals by 0.81 seconds.

After sustaining an injury ahead of PyeongChang 2018, Beijing 2022 is Gagnon's Olympic return, but first as a speed skier after focusing on slalom and giant slalom at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

While falling short of the podium was disappointing for the Lac-Etchemin, Que., native, she has an opportunity to rebound in the downhill.

Roni Remme, of Toronto, skied to 24th despite possibly suffering a broken hand in training just before her run. Competing with the potential injury, she set a personal-best Olympic super-G result, beating her 37th place super-G finish from four years ago. She is getting an X-Ray to determine her injury.

Reigning super-G world champion Gut-Behrami, who had finished fourth in the event in the past two Winter Olympics, was 0.22 seconds quicker than silver medallist Mirjam Puchner of Austria.

"I had no strategy at all. I just tried to ski. This is what has always been a little bit of a problem in the past — thinking what to do and what to do better. Now I just try and ski," Gut-Behrami said. "I love super-G, I told myself it's not a different course to lots I have skied before."

The Swiss also picked up a bronze medal with Michelle Gisin 0.30 seconds behind her teammate's winning time.

American Mikaela Shiffrin, who had failed to finish in her two favoured events, slalom and giant slalom, ended in ninth position, 0.79 seconds off Gut-Behrami's time.

The 2018 Olympic super-G gold medal winner, Czech Ester Ledecka, finished in fifth place.

Ledecka made history in the event four years ago when she became the first skier to win gold in alpine ski and snowboarding.

The Czech has defended her snowboard parallel giant slalom title in these Games and still has a chance for medals in the Alpine downhill and combined.

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With files from Ben Steiner, CBC Sports

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